Institute of Archaeology


Dr Rebecca Watts

Lecturer (Teaching) in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology

Institute of Archaeology

Faculty of S&HS

Joined UCL
7th May 2018

Research summary

  • The developmental origins of health and disease hypothesis in application to archaeological populations
  • Pubertal development in medieval England
  • Chronic childhood illnesses and their effect on pubertal development and adult health
  • Metabolic diseases in post-medieval children


PhD in Bioarchaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading (2010-2014, AHRC-funded). Thesis title: Childhood development and adult longevity in archaeological populations in medieval and post-medieval England (AD950-1855)
MSc Palaeopathology (Distinction), Department of Archaeology, Durham University (2007-2008). Thesis title: Non-specific indicators of stress and their association with age-at-death at Fishergate House, York
BSc (Hons) Forensic Science, School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences, University of Central Lancashire (2003-2006). Dissertation: The aetiology of tuberculosis

British Association of Biological Anthropologists and Osteoarchaeologists
Paleopathology Association
American Association of Physical Anthropologists